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12. June 2019 : Eva Ollikainen appointed as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

The Iceland Symphony announced today the appointment of Finnish conductor Eva Ollikainen as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director beginning with the 2020/21 season. Before her inaugural season, Ollikainen takes to the stage in March 2020 for the orchestra's 70th anniversary concert.

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12. June 2019 : Season 2019/20

Next season, a host of outstanding artists will visit Iceland and perform with the Iceland Symphony at Harpa Concert Hall. 

This season marks the 70th anniversary of the Iceland Symphony which will be celebrated throughout the season. As part of the celebration the orchestra will stage Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) for the first time in Iceland.

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31. May 2019 : Vacant position for Principal Bassoon

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has a vacancy for principal bassoon with the orchestra. Application deadline is June 17th 2019. and auditions will be held on August 21st in Harpa Concert Hall. Click here for further information.

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10. May 2019 : Wagner's Die Walküre at Reykjavík Arts Festival 2020

In celebration of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra's 70th anniversary, the Icelandic Opera's 40th, and the Reykjavík Arts Festival's 50th, the three will join hands in spring 2020 with a staging of Richard Wagner's opera Die Walküre (The Valkyrie). Performances are scheduled for 27 and 29 May 2020 in Harpa's Eldborg hall. Tickets will go on sale in June.

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12. April 2019 : Daníel Bjarnason appointed Principal Guest Conductor

Daníel Bjarnason was announced today as the new Principal Guest Conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, starting in September 2019 for a tenure of two years. Next season Daníel will conduct several concerts at Harpa Concert Hall and lead the orchestra on their European tour in November 2019.

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3. April 2019 : Lára Sóley Jóhannsdóttir appointed as Managing Director of Iceland Symphony

The board of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra has appointed Lára Sóley Jóhannsdóttir as managing director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, commencing 1st August 2019. Lára Sóley succeeds Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, who has held the position of managing director for the past six years.

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21. March 2019 : New soloist and conductor on March 21st concert

We regret to announce that both conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter are indisposed and had to cancel their performance with the Iceland Symphony on March 21st. We are grateful that mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant and Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason, Assistant Conductor at the Iceland Symphony, could take their place with such a short notice. The concert program is unchanged.

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21. February 2019 : Live Stream from Harpa Concert Hall

Iceland Symphony Orchestra is live from Harpa Concert Hall with conductor Daníel Bjarnason performing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. The programme also features Daníel Bjarnason's Bow to String with soloist Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir and Arvo Pärt's Fratres.

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12. January 2019 : Vacant position for Principal Bassoon

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has a vacancy for principal bassoon with the orchestra. Application deadline is February 3rd 2019 and auditions will be held on April 1st 2019 in Harpa Concert Hall. Click here for further information.

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2. January 2019 : Dark Music Days

Each year, the Iceland Symphony takes part in the Dark Music Days, a festival of contemporary Icelandic music. The orchestra's concert on January 31st features three first performances, as well as other outstanding recent works, one of which is Metacosmos by Composer-in-Residence Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Before the concert, the orchestra invites guests to a conversation with Anna where she talks about her new work (in Icelandic). On February 1st the orchestra will also premiere two works at the Yrkja concert.

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